Serena Williams teases return to competitive tennis, says Tom Brady ‘started a really cool trend’
Serena Williams speaks to the press on Nov. 21, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
In a career defined by ups and downs, Serena Williams has often been celebrated for her dramatic, unpredictable career.
A year after she announced she was pregnant again, Williams was asked whether she’d consider competing during the 2017 season. “I’m in a really good place right now,” she said. “I’ve been in a good place for the past two years. I’ve really been able to put everything in perspective. I’m grateful for things I had, and I’m happy with what I had. My life is great.”
Williams did come back to tennis at the Hopman Cup for the first time since 2014, where this time she was a bit more outspoken about her disappointment with the U.S. Open.
“I just felt like I had no purpose,” Williams said. “That’s a big reason why the U.S. Open is so great. That’s why you still have the U.S. Open. It’s a great tournament. It’s a great tournament to play in. I don’t know what the big deal is.”
Williams did admit she enjoyed the tournament. She lost in the quarterfinals to Angelique Kerber, who was also pregnant at the time, but insisted she still enjoys playing as much as she did in 2014.
“I love playing with Angelique. Angelique and I were actually just in one of the best matches of my career,” said Williams, laughing. “We were really, really close. I was so glad to play in the semifinals again. I was so happy to be there. I was so happy.”
Williams continued: “I love playing the U.S. Open. It’s great. It’s a good tournament. It’s definitely not the same feel it used to be because of the tournament. For me, anyway, to win is always a good feeling. To be there and to compete in the finals is always a good feeling. I love to play for championships. I’m happy to be there and play, but I didn’t have that purpose. I didn’t have that meaning to it, so I don’t